SANDY — An accident involving a car and a motorcycle left a man in serious but not life-threatening condition Saturday afternoon.

Just before 5 p.m., a husband and wife were riding side-by-side on motorcycles. The man moved from the middle lane to the far left lane.

The driver in front of them looked in his rearview mirror, saw the woman still behind him and assumed both motorcycles were still following him, said Sandy police Sgt. Victor Quezada.

Near 9200 S. State, the driver of the car also moved into the left lane, not seeing the motorcycle next to him. The motorcycle was forced into the left-turn lane as it quickly approached concrete islands recently built along the road.

Having no place to go, the motorcyclist hit the island, sending him 43 feet through the air, Quezada said. The 53-year-old Layton man continued to slide down the rest of the island, coming to rest 103 feet away from where he originally struck it, with the motorcycle landing on top of him, Quezada said.

Two other motorists stopped to help pull the motorcycle off the man. The motorcyclist, who was not wearing a helmet, suffered head injuries, cuts, bruises and other possible internal injuries, Quezada said. He was taken by ambulance to Intermountain Medical Center.

A citation against the car driver for improper lane change was pending Saturday evening.